Potassium

A high sodium diet is known to increase the risk of hypertension. Recent evidence concludes that consuming adequate potassium might just be as important for maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

Decades of research have firmly established the link between decreasing sodium intake and lowering blood pressure. Latest research however shows that potassium is also vital for keeping blood pressure within a normal range. Sodium is still a key player, but simply reducing salt intake alone is not enough to control hypertension.

It is recommended to consume 4.7g of potassium per day. Foods high in potassium includes tuna and salmon, mushrooms, bananas, dark leafy greens etc. For example, one large banana contains around 490mg of potassium and 100g of dark leafy greens contain around 560mg of potassium.